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Highland vs. Mark Twain
Peyton Miller gave up only two hits and struck out ten Mark Twain batters in Highland’s Class 2 District 5 opening round matchup on Thursday, October 14, at Flower City Park in Palmyra.
The Lady Cougars put runners on base early. In the bottom of the first, Emma Harshberger popped out to right firled. MiKayla Dreyer bunted her way to first, and then stole second. Miller lined to center field. Dreyer scored, and Miller took second. Haleigh Winter grounded out, and Miller moved to third. Olivia Ritterbusch reached on an error, and Miller scored. Ashley Kaylor singled, sending Ritterbusch to third. Kaylor stole second, and Ritterbusch put a third Highland run on the scoreboard.
The Lady Cougars added three more runs in the sixth inning. Hannah Mead singled to lead off. Harshberger singled. Both runners scored on a Mark Twain error, putting Highland up 5-0. Miller doubled later in the inning, and courtesy runner Ellie Goehl came in. Goehl would score on an error, giving Highland the 6-0 win, and advancing them to the semifinal against Palmyra.
Highland vs. Palmyra
Strong pitch by both Highland and Palmyra kept the district semifinal a low scoring affair. Miller gave up only four hits while striking out 10 batters in the game.
Palmyra took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Highland responded in the fifth, powered by a Harshberger triple. A Dreyer squeeze bunt brought Harshberger home. Dreyer took second on an error, then stole third, and scored on a bunt by Miller to take the 2-1 lead.
Palmyra tied the game in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Harshberger singled with one out. Dreyer popped out. Miller hit the game-winning RBI double.
Highland vs. Clark County
On Saturday, Highland faced Clark County, in a championship game without any of the bracket favorites.
The Lady Indians had topped South Shelby on Thursday, and then stunned top seed Monroe City to make their way into Saturday’s contest.
Miller retired the first two Lady Indian batters before Clark County’s Allie Hayden doubled to Emily Sparrow. Courtesy runner Maggie Weaver came into the game. Olivia Miller doubled to center field, scoring Weaver. Ashtyn Ebeling singled to right field, and Clark County took a 2-0 lead.